EDF does constructive, thoughtful, hard work that gains respect—and results.George P. Shultz Former U.S. Secretary of State
With the help of two million members, we take a pragmatic approach that benefits people and nature.
See how your support is making great things happen.
Safeguarding: Human health
Biggest environmental law in a generation
- Impact: President Obama signed the Lautenberg Act in 2016, reforming our inadequate, decades-old chemical safety law.
- Our role: Over several years, worked strategically with members in both political parties and with other organizations to craft a balanced bill.
- Next: Work with retailers to make products safer »
Thousands of consumer products get safer
- Impact: Walmart's success at reducing toxic chemicals in household products was followed by similar actions from CVS, Target, Johnson & Johnson and Colgate.
- Our role: We provided scientific guidance to Walmart on how to develop a leadership policy that sets a standard for safer chemicals in the marketplace.
- Next: Help more companies follow the standard »
Restoring: Healthy oceans
84% of U.S. fish stocks are now at healthy levels
- Impact: The number of overfished stocks has dropped from 92 to 38 since 20001 – a dramatic reversal from decades of overfishing.
- Our role: We introduced catch shares, a management system now widely used. Catch shares give fishermen a stake in the overall health of a fishery.
- Next: Make sustainable fishing the global norm »
Reducing: Climate pollution
Oil and gas companies must curb methane emissions
- Impact: Federal rules limit harmful methane emissions on 245 million acres of taxpayer-owned and tribal lands, saving money and protecting health.
- Our role: We drove the science and advocacy that bred federal action, and the activism that thwarted efforts in the U.S. Senate to repeal the rules.
- Next: Back more policies targeting methane waste »
Clean Power Plan puts first-ever limits on power plant pollution
China rolls out a bold climate action plan
- Impact: The world's top emitter of greenhouse gases, China announced it will launch a national carbon market in 2017.
- Our role: Our staff in China provided critical technical assistance for seven pilot carbon markets, building on our success solving acid rain in the U.S.
- Next: Assist China as it launches carbon market »
Photo: Jiri Rezac
Hundreds of companies learn new ways to boost energy efficiency
- Impact: EDF Climate Corps has helped top companies uncover nearly $1.5 billion in wasted energy2 . One in three Fortune 100 companies have hosted fellows.3
- Our role: Each year we train hundreds of graduate students and embed them at leading organizations to find tangible ways to use less energy.
- Next: Cultivate new leaders of climate action »
Protecting: Vulnerable ecosystems
A breakthrough for threatened wildlife and habitat
- Impact: A new conservation tool known as habitat exchanges steps in to save vulnerable wildlife before they need endangered species protection.
- Our role: We created the exchange system, then brought together unlikely allies--including farmers and energy developers--to help protect the declining greater sage-grouse.
- Next: Create more habitat exchanges for wildlife »
Photo: Steven Nehl
Agricultural leaders take major steps to reduce fertilizer pollution
- Impact: Corporations ranging from Walmart to Smithfield Foods committed to optimize fertilizer use and improve soil conservation on 23 million acres of U.S. crops.
- Our role: We've developed collaborations across the grain supply chain to showcase the benefits of using fertilizers more efficiently.
- Next: Make even more cropland sustainable »
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